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Hello everyone,

This is my first post but I am lost and don't know what to do......My service dog Bradley a Siberian Husky has been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. We have taken him to 3 different Vets. They did the full exams, blood work, X-Rays, Ultra sounds, checked his stool, checked his urine thru catheter. They have ruled out everything and said he has cancer and needs to go thru a biopsy to make sure. He has been neutered and the Vet said this is extremely rare. We have done antibiotics with no results.

Right now, Bradley will barely eat anything. His favorite foods he wont eat. We have boiled chicken breasts w/ rice and ground it up. Ground beef w/ gravy, even the can dog foods the vet gave us. I have even bought Boar's Head meat for him. Bradley just wont eat... He is having such a hard time going pee or poop. He's embarrassed due to his dribbling of pee in the house, which we don't even say anything to him, we just clean it up. He's going thru so much pain, panting laying in the coolest spots of the house giving me eyes of pain. He wont take any of the meds. So we have to crush it up hide in food.

He is my best friend and We love him so very much...We dont want to have him go thru chemo and treatments to just endure more pain. I am a injured military vet and he's my service dog. Any help, suggestions, advice....We dont know what to do. Please help!!
 

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My dog Cooper was just diagnosed this week with prostate cancer. He has similar issues as you described for Bradley. Cooper is not a candidate for surgery or chemo. The vet started him on pain med protocol. For his urination & dedication issues - he is given pain meds.

If Bradley is on other meds besides ones for the cancer, ask the vet if he can be taken off those meds. Or at least some. Meds especially antibiotics irritate the stomach.

For his appetite I got lucky. I found a supplement in powder form. He not only has his appetite back he is eating more than before. Ask you vet about that too.

I really don't know what else to do for Cooper. I am just heart broken. Coopers vet has gone above and beyond. He has consulted other vets and specialists across the country. But nothing can be done. Cooper is behaving mostly normal.

My heart goes out to you & your family. I will keep you all & Bradley in my prayers.
 

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He has been neutered and the Vet said this is extremely rare.
First I want to say I'm very sorry you are dealing with this, I lost my dog to to P. Cancer.

second, you vet is full of poo. That's the biggest lie if I ever seen one. Neutering, raises the chances of P. cancer, one of the many reasons why I probably wont neuter unless medically needed again.
 

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So sorry to hear about Bradley (and Cooper). *cough*

It is interesting that this study found an increased risk of prostate cancer in neutered dogs, and yet so many sources cite that neutering reduces risk of prostate cancer, probably because the first few studies released stated so.
 

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Thank you all for your input and good wishes.
2 Days ago I had to put my Bradley down......I cried so hard everyone that worked there in the Vets office came in to see me clinched around his body crying. They were shocked to see a big tough vet balling his eyes out. I feel as if I lost my right arm.....The vet was so nice she let me put him in the bodybag and carry him to the freezer for his cremation.
 

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I am so very sorry for your loss.

I honestly understand your feelings .... lost my best friend too. :(

Bradley will be waiting for you at The Rainbow Bridge. Run free Bradley .............
 

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I am so sorry you lost your dear Bradley.

Huskies out of so many dog breeds, they are so extremely affectionate, they climb right into your heart and stay there forever. They talk and have mannerisms that make them seem so human like. Sometimes you wonder if they understand when your talking to them. I know Bradley had to be super special and I totally understand how it must feel to lose him. big tough vet or not. Losing a dog is like losing a friend of family member. Think of happy memories of Bradley and remember how wonderful he was and let that bring a smile to your face!
 

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I don't know why anyone would assume that a vet wouldn't be just as affected by losing a friend (because that's what dogs are to many people) than anyone else. People don't expect doctors to be less affected by a family member dying, even though they watch other people's family members suffer/die regularly. It is totally different when it is someone who is a huge a part of your life, regardless of training or experience you may have had.

I am so sorry for your loss, and I wish we could give more comfort than just words. :(
 

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gingerkid-- I think they may have meant veteran?

I am so sorry for your loss and I agree with Fade about huskies... There's just something about them.
 
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